Parish League 2019

2019 JPA Inter Parish Petanque League report – Week 5

The leaders went head to head at Grainville with two very exciting matches going to 13- 12 and another to 13-11! This win gives current champions St Saviour a four-point lead in the table.
The first two doubles to finish meant that the match stood at 1-1. Alex Stewart and Jean Meldrum beat Alf and Rosemarie Le Masurier to 11, and Joan Le Roy and Keith Boleat beat Graham Walker and Rose Chappell to 5.
Peter and Gill Blampied managed to come back from 12-3 down to win the third doubles just pipping Tommy Glennie and Roy Langlois at the post. Tommy, along with Graham Collas managed to beat Christine Joshua and David de la Cour, bringing the match level again.
Peter Blampied then went on to win the singles but only by 1 point against Keith Boleat.  The St. Saviour triple of Alex Stewart, Jean Meldrum and Gill Blampied clinched the match by winning the final game.
St Lawrence moved into second place following another 6-0 home victory, this time against St Peter. The visitors did put up some good challenges, reaching double figures in three of the games.
And not to be outdone, St John also took all six games on the terrain of their neighbours, St Mary, and are equal on points with St Lawrence but have a lower games difference.
St Brelade entertained St Clement and won 5-1, which moves them up from ninth to sixth place, one place above their opponents.
Den and Joan Le Mercier had a 13-0 win and the second double to finish was Mike Ritzema and David Le Gresley who beat Keith White and Norman Syvret 13-2. Securing the draw for St Brelade were John Dyer and Val Glover. At 12-12 with the St Clement team of Harry Cooper and Norman Syvret Val Glover had three boules to win the game. Her first boule slid past, the second boule was wide, but her third boule was perfect.
The St Clement pairing of Albert Brown and Rosemary Benest won the fourth double 13-8. It had been neck and neck but at 9-8 St Clement got 4 points and got the win the following end.
Dennis Le Mercier took on Brian Heard in the singles and had a commanding lead of 8-0 before Brian clawed his way back. The pair were playing well and at 12-12 you could feel the tension. Brian was holding with his final boule. Dennis had two boules left to gain the game and the match which he did with the second boule.
Joan Le Mercier, David Le Gresley and Mike Ritzema played the triples against Tony Beddoe, Keith White and John Doublet. Again, it was very even scoring but with St Brelade on 9, five boules to play, Mike fired the cochonnet and with four boules in hand St Brelade won 13-7.
There were two drawn matches; the first at St Martin who played Trinity. The other, was at Holmegrown where Grouville took on St Ouen.
Despite St Martin winning one double 13-0, it was Trinity who led at half way but the home side pulled back winning the last double and the triple. 
The first three doubles in Grouville could not have been closer. St Ouen’s Wally Garrett and Ron Vibert won to 11 but Grouville won the other two games to twelve! Thus, Grouville needed one more win to add to their single point in the league to date! Mike Oldham and Mike Harrison achieved this winning the fourth double, but the St Ouen team were to win the triple and single to 9 and 10.
Elaine Paisnel - JPA